Unikkaaqtuat – A theatrical sharing of Northern Indigenous stories

Unikkaaqtuat shows for the first time on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations from Jan. 22­–25 at the Vancouver Playhouse. For Vancouver, this has been one of the few productions featuring Inuit theatre and artists, and people are anticipating its arrival. “From what I’ve been hearing back from…

Anywhere But Here: a tale of plural identities and displacement

Explore the external representation of the inner turmoil of exile when Electric Company Theatre brings Anywhere But Here to the Vancouver Playhouse Feb. 4–8 and 11–15. Raised in exile following her parents’ revolutionary efforts against the 1973 Chilean coup, writer Carmen Aguirre says Anywhere But Here was inspired by a series of dreams she had while attending theatre school…

Skyborn: a land reclamation odyssey

The Cultch and PuSh International Performing Arts Festival present Skyborn: A Land Reclamation Odyssey, a world premiere by Musqueam playwright and performer Quelemia Sparrow. Produced by the Savage Society, performances will be held at the Historic Theatre, Jan. 23–Feb 1 and at the Gateway Theatre Studio B, in Richmond, March 19–28. The 90-minute long, no intermission,…

Hasan Namir incites creativity in the New Year

Poets and authors will come together to share their works at the Vancouver Public Library, central branch on Jan. 22. Hasan Namir, Jennica Harper, Chantal Gibson, and Alex Leslie will present their multi-genre works to kick off the first events of the 2020 Vancouver Writers Fest. Poets in Conversation is the first Incite event of…

A story told in images and a few words

The Surrey Art Gallery Association will host their first Thursday Artist Talk of 2020, on Jan. 9, a monthly series that provides a platform for different artists to share their work and their experiences with the local public. This month’s event will be led by New Westminster-based graphic novelist PJ Patten, whose upcoming book Tower25…

The Shoplifters – play tackles social inequalities

“The Shoplifters is a comedy,” says Agnes Tong, an actor in the play. “There are underlying political themes but it’s not a social activism play.” The play will be going on tour across the lower mainland from Jan. 9–Feb. 9, 2020. Art makes an impact “Art is a way to challenge systems and to challenge…

A new decade – and a new Khanvict

For someone who has no formal music training and is mostly self-taught, Asad Khan, popularly known as Khanvict, has come a long way – transforming himself from an engineer, to a successful wedding DJ, and now into a music producer. To mark his new milestone as an original artist, Khan will be delivering his first…

The Power of Tibetan words: golden letters arrayed like stars and planets

“I love the earthiness of Tibetan culture and think this is something often lost in translation in the West. This reverence for text and words manifests in very concrete, tangible ways,” says curator Patrick Dowd. The exhibition is ongoing until Feb. 20, 2020 in the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC. The power of…

Portraits of almost half a millennium of French presence on Canadian soil

In February 2019, the Senate moved to the Senate of Canada Building, a former train station built in 1912. It is expected to occupy its temporary location for at least 10 years while Parliament’s Centre Block –the Senate’s permanent home – is rehabilitated. Although Centre Block is shuttered for rehabilitation work, Canadians can still experience…

How green is your muse? An appreciation and a wake-up call

Celebrate nature at The Filipino Music and Art Foundation’s new exhibition of nature-themed artwork at Surrey Art Gallery. How Green Is Your Muse? is a collaborative project, displayed until Feb. 2, consisting of thirty-four contributions from 12 different Filipino-Canadian artists. How Green Is Your Muse? is first and foremost an appreciation of nature from artists who derive…

Out of many, comes one reggae music

Mosaic Riddim, a Vancouver-based reggae band – with its band members coming from all different parts of the globe – resembles a microcosm of the world. “The motto in Jamaica is ‘out of many, one people’ – the same with music: out of many diverse cultures, comes one band, one message and one sound,” says lead…

A leap of passion

“If not now, then when?” This is the very question Janet Strayer asked herself when she was considering taking the terrifying leap from a successful career as a psychology professor to become an artist. The Wings of Imagination exhibit will be running Nov. 28, 2019–Jan. 5, 2020 at the Sydney and Gertrude Zack Gallery. From…

Lost Narratives: Revealing the Untold Stories of BC history

What part of history is told and what goes untold? This is the theme of the upcoming presentation at the North Vancouver District Library by Mary Tasi and Wade Baker, co-authors of The Hidden Journals. The talk will highlight their ten-year journey of research on Pacific West Coast history that produced the book and that…